BOYS’ LATIN MAGAZINE
SPRING 2017 / VOLUME 4
REIMAGINING THE CLASSROOM Innovations in Teaching & Learning
CROSSING THE BRIDGE ALUMNI FACULTY
BL & THE ARTS
HISTORY OF A RIVALRY BOYS’ LATIN VS. ST. PAUL’S
“In so many ways, the bridge has become a metaphor for our experience on Lake Avenue, and this magazine is designed with that in mind.”
POSTINGS It’s a beautiful spring day. The trees that line the bridge spanning Lake Avenue are in full bloom. Originally constructed in 1994, the bridge has physically united our school and community in ways that were never imagined 25 years ago. Faculty and students traverse across it without thinking twice, on their way to play practice or speech rehearsal, or to art and music classes, or to lunch in the Bauer Student Commons. It is – literally and figuratively – at the center of our school community. In so many ways, the bridge has become a metaphor for our experience on Lake Avenue, and this magazine is designed with that in mind. The magazine is meant to serve as a bridge for all of our constituencies. While celebrating the experience of our alumni, we also provide you with a glimpse of the lived experience of our students and faculty today. In this issue, you’ll learn about a long-time engineer, a professional figure skater, a doughnut shop entrepreneur and a college philosophy professor and student, all proud alumni of Boys’ Latin. We also feature stories of six alumni who’ve returned to campus as teachers, coaches and advisors – yet another example of the bridge in our experience. In our last Strategic Plan (2013), we focused our programmatic efforts on being leaders in boys’ education. On the pages that follow, you’ll find details about the significant transformation that has occurred in the learning experience of our boys. From incorporating brain-based research into our academic and co-curricular program, to rethinking learning spaces, to reimagining the curricular and classroom experience, the landscape for learning has changed significantly. Best practices in how BLMAGAZINE MAGAZINE // SPRING SUMMER2017 2016 22 BL
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boys learn, coupled with more offerings and more opportunities equate to better preparation for our boys – for college and for life beyond.
Upper School English Teacher
Pat Gugerty ’83, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement
Our work in this area has resulted in the enormous honor of serving as the host for the Annual Conference of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition in June. More than 500 delegates from boys’ schools all over the world will come to campus to hear from keynote speakers, learn from our faculty and others in best practice workshops, and experience all that Charm City has to offer. To say the least, we’re excited about showing off our school and our home, and I look forward to sharing more about it with you in the next issue. At the heart of our students’ experiences remains the enduring personal relationships forged by and among boys with faculty members – teachers, coaches and advisors – who have an everlasting impact on our young men. In fundamentally important ways, the relationships are the steel on which the bridge is built, the steel on which the bridge carries the load, the steel on which the bridge reaches back ceaselessly over time.
Mac Kennedy ’76,
Director of Alumni Relations
Creative Team Katie Reid,
Director of Digital Media
Brink Van Horn ’12,
Communications / Marketing Intern
Photography Team Larry Canner Annemarie Merow Don Obrecht Derrick Thomas Katie Reid BL Photography Club LifeTouch Mighty Engine Brian Schneider Photography
ON THE COVER
All the best,
Christopher J. Post / Headmaster
Upper School students enjoy experiential learning in a non-traditional classroom setting; photo by Brian Schneider
SPRING 2017 FEATURES
04 A New Kind of Classroom
10 Microfinance Makes a
CONNECTIONS 33 Annual Giving Highlights 34 The History of a Rivalry
36 Giving Back
13 Crossing the Bridge
Estate Gift Establishes New Endowment to Support Math and Science
From Laker Students to Laker Faculty and Staff
38 Annual Bull & Oyster Roast Recap
20 Twelve Angry Men
40 Alumni Games
Apprentice-Style Learning at its Best
CAMPUS NEWS / 23 Williams Scholars
Athletic Hall of Fame 41 Laker Stories Lacrosse, Logic and the BL Spirit Not Your Average Doughnut Laker on Ice
24 Fall & Winter Highlights
44 Alumni Reflections
28 Bravo! BL & The Arts
45 Class Notes
30 Sports Recap
32 Thinking Globally
A New Kind of Classroom BL teachers are reimagining their classrooms & how boys learn at the same time by Alex Barron, Upper School English Teacher
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n a typical day, a Boys’ Latin student might head outside for an outdoor scavenger hunt, re-enact a scene from a literary classic or create a one-of-akind toy using the 3-D printer – all before lunch. Whether a part of the lower, middle or upper school, Boys’ Latin students are rarely idle at their desks. With a faculty that’s passionate about teaching boys and speaking to their unique learning styles, BL is a place that understands and celebrates boys. Continuously on the lookout for new and innovative ways to engage both mind and body in tactile, hands-on projects, our teachers successfully create boy friendly learning environments that appeal to the different senses and encourage self-expression.
THE IMMERSIVE CLASSROOM
Butch Maisel has the undivided attention of the juniors and seniors in his military history class. The boys are literally standing at attention in the middle of the soccer field. Today, despite what their Sperry shoes and Vineyard Vines ties might suggest, they are grunts in the British Infantry, training for combat in the French and Indian War. As they march, most of them will have to be content merely to imagine themselves holding firearms, although Mr. Maisel does have a few authentic period weapons on hand – artifacts that will be on display at the Center for Military History, which is set to open on the BL campus later this spring.
Today, the classroom is the same field where, in a few hours, some of these new recruits will run wind sprints and practice penalty kicks. The venue, unusual though it may be, is an extension of the classroom, and the usual classroom skills are still required. In order to ensure that they are abiding by proper protocol, infantry grunts must listen carefully to orders from their commanding officer: no hands in pockets, toes up to the line, perfectly even with their peers, rifle resting on their right shoulder. The back line must take great care to maintain an even distance from the front (exactly an arm’s length), which means that both lines must maintain an identical marching pace. This proves especially challenging when Mr. Maisel leads his troops on a sharp right turn. Mr. Maisel, like all of my colleagues at BL, constantly looks for novel ways to engage students. We like to talk about boyfriendly teaching; that is, instructional methods designed to appeal to different types of learners, and often, lively activities that encourage the boys to get up and out of their seats. With increasing frequency, innovative teaching at Boys’ Latin means creating a wholly immersive experience: transforming the traditional classroom space into a battlefield or the island setting from Lord of the Flies. In order to pull off an immersive classroom, a teacher must be willing to jump in with both feet. Mr. Maisel leads his basic training simulation with all the sincerity of a drill sergeant, rarely cracking a smile until just before the closing cheer.
We like to talk about boy friendly teaching; that is, instructional methods designed to appeal to different types of learners, and often, lively activities that encourage the boys to get up and out of their seats.
Seventh grade English teacher Gillian Vernon likewise understands the importance of fully committing to the illusion: it’s this commitment that helps spur her students to buy in unanimously when she recreates the desert island from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Three years ago, when she started teaching the novel, she worried that it might be too advanced for seventh graders unaccustomed to unpacking subtext and interpreting metaphor. Her response was to create the island - not as a substitute for substantive literary analysis, but as a bridge to help her students access a challenging text. By now, the island has become something of a seventh grade tradition, largely because Ms. Vernon refuses to go halfway in putting together her annual pedagogical art project. Each day during this unit, she lights beachscented candles, and plays a soundtrack of jungle sounds and bird calls. She decorates the ceiling with vines, and the floor with sand and blue crepe paper to denote ocean. She supplies each student with his own camouflage blanket to sit on during class readings. And of course, she brings in a conch shell. Most of the time, class still operates in a fairly conventional fashion. Students read aloud, engage in discussions and complete written assessments. But the immersive atmosphere is enough to hook students, some of whom have previously been resistant to English class. Last spring, one usually reluctant reader developed a habit of using his free time to curl up on a camouflage mat with his copy of the book. “We have a rule that you can only talk if you’re holding the conch, just like in the book,” Ms. Vernon recalls, “One time, discussion was devolving and kids were forgetting that they had to hold the conch. But then one kid commented that that’s just like the book too. Their minds were blown!” Most seventh graders are capable of reading Lord of the Flies and developing an intellectual understanding of the opposition
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With increasing frequency, innovative teaching at Boys’ Latin means creating a wholly immersive experience: transforming the traditional classroom space into a battlefield or the island setting from Lord of the Flies.
between civilized behavior and basic animal need, but having experienced this conflict first hand, the boys in Ms. Vernon’s class are likely to remember it for a long time. Matt Stone, who teaches eighth grade English, agrees that students have an easier time comprehending and retaining concepts that they have seen realized in an organic way. Instead of passively reading Shakespeare, his students perform Julius Caesar on a stage that they construct. “Most guys haven’t read a lot of drama before,” says Mr. Stone. “Sometimes they have to see stage directions acted out before they get what they mean and why they’re important.” He identifies a moment early in the play in which Brutus and Cassius plot to assassinate Caesar, even while Caesar is still on stage. Only once Mr. Stone directed the boys playing the two conspirators to a spot underneath a tent in a corner of the room, far from where Caesar was standing, did the class fully recognize the clandestine nature of the conversation.
As the unit progressed, Mr. Stone saw evidence that his students were understanding and retaining ideas and plot points from Shakespeare, despite the fact that most of them had never previously read one of his plays. He one day overheard two students arguing over the answer to a question on a study guide: “Who was the first conspirator to stab Caesar?” One of the boys confidently opined, “It was Casca. I know because I was him when we did that scene.” It is possible to forget a detail like this after you have read the story, but it is evidently easier to remember it once you have actually done the stabbing. At its best, the immersive learning experience transcends the boundaries of the classroom – both literally, when class meets in a new or a transfigured location, and figuratively, when the buzz generated from an exciting lesson spills over into the lunchroom, locker room and hallways.
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◀ THE GREAT OUTDOORS When it comes to helping boys apply and understand new concepts, second grade teachers Shara Hine and Beth McClung employ a simple yet effective strategy: they head outdoors. “There’s just something about going outside,” says McClung. “The change of scenery is good for them.” While the class may initially meet in the outdoor classroom just outside the lower school, Hine and McClung use the entire campus to their advantage. A few weeks ago, the boys participated in a solid shape scavenger hunt, where the students were tasked with finding realword examples of three-dimensional shapes like cubes, spheres and pyramids. “We find they are more engaged outside,” says Hine. “They were on task the entire time.” Both teachers also report that outdoor lessons can help make the material stick. For example, when the boys needed to practice adding two and three digit numbers, the class went outside to find real-world examples they could add, like the number of bricks on the building or the number of rocks on the ground. “They were generating the numbers themselves and it gave them a sense of ownership,” adds Hine.
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Students across campus use 3D printers in many ways, from producing animal-shaped cookie cutters and small toys in the lower school to making 3D models and prototypes in the middle school. Martin Rowan, an eighth grader, recently designed and printed a prototype of a “deer deterrent” to reduce collisions between vehicles and deer in rural areas. “The prototype was used in our presentation to the judges at the Maryland First Lego League Championship,” says middle school science teacher Don Newman, who also coaches robotics. Over the past few months, senior Ryan Trupia has been giving the 3D printer a workout. For his culminating LAUNCH project, Trupia is using the printer to create fidgets, active learning tools that help boys focus on the task at hand. “The whole point of a fidget is to keep the brain occupied when you’re in a high-concentration situation,” explains Director of Educational Support Services and Upper School Learning Specialist Sara Rosiak.
When Rosiak initially purchased several fidgets online, they were quite costly. With some basic materials, a little bit of engineering and lot of creativity, she thought these tools would be fairly inexpensive to create in-house. “I initially approached Ryan because he uses fidgets and understands the value of them,” says Rosiak. “He’s also great at engineering and a good problem solver.” To date, Trupia has created several different versions of fidgets for use across all three divisions.
CREATIVE SEATING Movement can help boys learn and retain new information. The standing desk is a simple, yet groundbreaking approach to promote movement and teach boys with multiple learning styles and needs. When a student moves to a standing desk, he becomes an active learner who sustains attention to the task at hand. He improves his health from a sedentary position to an active one. Most of all, he is more engaged. “Standing desks are a lifesaver,” says Middle School Learning Specialist Judy Crowley. “Boys need to move.” While Crowley had never used standing desks before coming to BL, it didn’t take long for her to discover the benefits. “The desks have been a seamless and positive tool for learning in our room,” she says. Seventh grader Gavin Proutt agrees. He began using a standing desk at the beginning of the year. “They’re fun to use,” he says. BOYSLATINMD.COM 9 BOYSLATINMD.COM
Microfinance Makes a Macro Impact By making loans for as little as $25, BL students help support borrowers from around the world who are looking to build a business or fund their education. by Cathi Hilpert, Communications Coordinator photo via Kiva.com
In Tanzania, a chicken farmer named George struggles to make ends meet. He works more than 14 hours a day to support his wife and two children. But soon, thanks in part to BL junior Josh Blibaum, he’ll secure a loan to help finance and grow his poultry farm. With this loan, he’ll be able to buy much-needed chicken feed, medicines and vitamins and make strides toward raising his monthly profits. Josh’s loan is one of 80 that were made as part of BL’s LAUNCH curriculum through Kiva and its education program, Kiva U. Founded in 2005, San Francisco-based Kiva connects people through lending to alleviate poverty and to give borrowers a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. By making loans for as little as $25, lenders can help support borrowers from around the world who are looking to build a business or fund their education. “Last year, BL participated in the Kiva U. program, and we received grants for 30 loans,” explains Upper School Science Teacher Brent Hilpert, who has personally made more than 440 loans to 79 countries through Kiva. “It was a huge success and I asked if we could do it again for up to 80 students so that an entire upper school class could be part of the program.” In January and February, every BL junior received a grant through Kiva U. to make a $25 loan free of charge. The goal
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of the program is to introduce students to the concept of microfinance and to help build empathy among participants for the lives of others. “My goal as a teacher is to give students a forum to explore societal issues, such as poverty, from a variety of angles,” says Ann Gazin, who teaches the Courage track of the LAUNCH Program - a program that engages juniors and seniors in real-world problem solving across disciplines. “When they see individuals in our own community who are participating in innovative solutions, they imagine themselves doing the same.” After logging onto the Kiva website, students were asked to choose where they would like their loans to go. They could search by industry or by location, with options ranging from agriculture in Ecuador to construction supplies in Rwanda. Jack Morton decided to make his loan to a young woman in Vietnam who was looking for a bike to help her get to school. “I can drive and it’s something I take for granted. Little things mean so much to people like her. It really made me step back and open my eyes,” says Morton, who has considered the possibility of sacrificing everyday pleasures like a few trips to the movies so that he can make future contributions.
Microfinance is a part of the curriculum in BL’s lower school as well. Starting last year, BL’s fourth graders were introduced to the concept of microfinance as part of their research and digital literacy class.
During class time, the boys devoted a significant amount of time exploring the various traditions and cultures of their respective countries, as well as their governments, economies and the overall impact of hunger on the people that live there.
“Research in isolation is dull,” notes Terri Floccare, Lower School Librarian and Library Department Chair. “We were looking for a real-world problem to apply our research skills.”
“The most powerful thing we did was a hunger banquet,” says Krulak. To kick off the project, the teachers invited the entire fourth grade to the Carolyn Smith Library for lunch. At the door, the boys each received a ticket assigning them to a group. A handful of boys received a complete meal with cloth napkins, china, juice and dessert. A slightly larger group received cold cuts and carrots on paper plates with plastic utensils. The majority of the boys received a scoop of rice and ate on the floor. The exercise helped to illustrate the scope and impact of hunger worldwide.
Floccare, along with Lower School Technology Coordinator Debi Krulak, quickly settled on the topic of world hunger for their course but needed a way to narrow the focus. Using resources offered by the World Food Programme, the pair identified eight countries in South and Central America that struggled with hunger and would offer ample data for the research project.
“The guys who had plenty didn’t want to eat their food because they felt bad,” says Krulak. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed pizza and participated in meaningful discussions about hunger.
Next, Floccare and Krulak decided to join forces with Lower School Spanish Teacher Dargan Eley so they could expand the project to the Spanish classroom as well. “Hunger was one lens, but we also wanted them to see the countries through other lenses as well,” explains Krulak.
A QUICK TRIP AROUND THE WORLD A sampling of some of the loans made by Mrs. Gazin’s 11th grade Courage class shows a broad & diverse impact.
PARAGUAY EDUCATIONAL FEES FOR ENGINEERING STUDENT
CLEAN DRINKING WATER
VIETNAM SCHOOL SUPPLIES & TRANSPORTATION
EL SALVADOR FISHING NETS
loans made at BL to date
$2,975 value of loans made at BL
countries to choose from
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Another big conversation starter was the book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference. In the story, a boy from Ghana uses a small loan to buy a hen and build a flourishing farm that creates a livelihood for many of his fellow villagers. “After reading it, we thought, wouldn’t it be cool to do something like this in the countries we’re learning about and researching,” says Krulak. As a next step, the boys were asked to do chores around the house and earn no more than $10, which they could contribute toward a microfinance loan. The boys then went onto the Kiva website, searched for their assigned country and selected the loan they wanted to make. Once the loan was complete, each boy created a slide presentation summarizing who they selected and why. To conclude the unit, the fourth graders gave the presentations to the third and fifth grades as well as to parents. “It took them from conducting research to creating a project to presenting the results,” says Krulak. “They practiced a wide range of skills.” In total, BL lower school students made $225 in loans last year, and $175 of these funds have been paid back to date. As fifth graders, the boys now have the chance to reinvest these funds as their study of hunger evolves. “We are continuing hunger awareness work in a broad way this year with the same boys,” says Stephanie McKew, Lower School Reading Specialist and Fifth Grade Reading/Language Arts Teacher. “We are reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind as a whole grade, and famine is also prevalent in this story.” Looking ahead, Floccare, Krulak and Eley are anxious to repeat the research course again this spring. “Projectbased learning can be so successful,” says Floccare. Eley agrees. “They worked so hard and were so focused,” she says.
Crossing the Bridge From Laker Students to Laker Faculty and Staff A handful of BL teachers and coaches once sat on the other side of the classroom. Here are a few profiles of faculty and staff members who attended Boysâ€™ Latin as students. by Alex Barron, Upper School English Teacher
Bob Shriver Class of 1969
CURRENT POSITION Seventh Grade Science Teacher
YEARS AT BL Eighth through Twelfth Grade (1964-1969)
FAVORITE TEACHER I had a ton of great teachers but my favorite was probably Cliff Taggert, a Spanish teacher who had a great sense of humor but a firm - and I mean firm - discipline technique that would not work in today’s classroom. He was a great teacher and you always knew no matter how much he might rip you, he cared a great deal about you and your progress.
FONDEST MEMORY Probably my fondest memories were great ones from the unique smallness of the place – everything happened in the old mansion, the lower building that now has the book store – to how much the teachers cared and stayed on you to make sure you were working hard. It was a place that very quickly I knew would be a wonderful place to work.
BEST PART OF WORKING AT THE SCHOOL I ATTENDED Working here is like being at a second home. It is comfortable for the teachers and the students. I’ve said the same thing many times: while we’ve updated the physical plant, the curriculum and the faculty, the core of BL has not changed since I was a student here. It is a great place to go to school, to work, and to be a parent (my son David graduated in the class of ‘06). BL works tirelessly for each student and strives to make him the very best student, athlete and man of character he can be.
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Lee Kennedy Class of 1973
CURRENT POSITION Upper School History Teacher
YEARS AT BL Eighth through Twelfth Grade (1968-1973)
FAVORITE TEACHER I had many favorites. Mr. Harris, Mr. Rowland, Mr. Broyles and Mr. Chapman come to mind immediately. While he did not teach classes, certainly Jack Williams influenced me and every other kid who went through BL in some significant way just by being who he was and by setting a tremendous example for us. But if I had to pick one person it would be J. Marshall Bruce, who was my advisor and senior English teacher, for his sensitivity to my needs as a student and for opening my eyes to literature and the written word that I had not experienced until that point.
FONDEST MEMORY I think my best memories of Boys’ Latin were the ones that allowed me to get close to a small group of classmates, which I still keep in touch with. We often saw ourselves as underdogs when it came to sports and so it was always nice to beat the big boys, the bigger private schools like Gilman, St. Paul’s, Loyola and Calvert Hall, which, at the time, had better facilities and equipment.
BEST PART OF WORKING AT THE SCHOOL I ATTENDED As I have said many times, the best part of working here today is being able to pass on some of those same traditions to students generations removed from when I was here. I hope I’m successful.
Gene Ubriaco Class of 1989
CURRENT POSITION Sixth Grade Geography Teacher Flag Football, Varsity Hockey and Varsity Lacrosse Coach
YEARS AT BL Seventh through Twelfth Grade (1984-1989)
FAVORITE TEACHER I always respected Butch Maiselâ€™s humility and humor. He always made history and ice hockey very enjoyable, and taught me a lot about discipline. Terry Howell was my French teacher throughout my career at BL. I always admired the way she carried herself with so much class and dignity. I learned about authenticity and integrity from Madame Howell.
FONDEST MEMORY Winning the 1988 MIAA lacrosse championship was probably the best memory. We were severe underdogs to an undefeated Loyola team and we won 8-7. The guys on that team had an unbreakable bond and are still among my best friends to this day.
BEST PART OF WORKING AT THE SCHOOL I ATTENDED Being able to pass along the pride and traditions that make BL such a special place. Lakers are members of an exclusive fraternity and it is very enjoyable to help influence the future members.
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Brandon Mollett Class of 1994
CURRENT POSITION Head of Middle School
YEARS AT BL Tenth through Twelfth Grade (1991-1994)
FAVORITE TEACHER I think that the two who had the greatest impact on me were Ab Logan and John Bowling. I loved literature and writing. Mr. Logan saw my earnest interest and would challenge me to think more deeply, and fanned the flames which led to a lifelong love of literature. Mr. Bowling had a similar impact. I was intrigued by the classics and Mr. Bowling had the ability to make them come alive.
FONDEST MEMORY Being with my friends and enjoying the camaraderie. We had that feeling of freedom and excitement that comes with big dreams and wonderful opportunities.
BEST PART OF WORKING AT THE SCHOOL I ATTENDED Boys’ Latin is not only the school that I attended, but also my father and my brother. Boys’ Latin has provided so many incredible opportunities for each of us. There is a sense of pride in being a part of providing that for present and future Lakers. I find it rewarding to carry on the traditions of commitment to the individual student and an abiding belief in each boy’s potential while moving the school forward in a way that allows for us to best accomplish this.
Justin Fitch Class of 2004
CURRENT POSITION Middle School Math Teacher Varsity Wrestling and Seventh Grade Soccer Head Coach
YEARS AT BL Tenth through Twelfth Grade (2002-2004)
FAVORITE TEACHER Diane Rodriguez was just an amazing physics teacher. She had the coolest projects. She was a really awesome person overall and was able to keep her class fun and interesting with just her personality. My math teacher, Molly Mullally, really understood how to deal with us boys in a way that wasn’t attacking. You could just tell she really cared about us.
FONDEST MEMORY I had a great experience on the senior retreat, but I’d have to say scoring the winning goal in our soccer championship game my senior year.
BEST PART OF WORKING AT THE SCHOOL I ATTENDED I’ve always said that Boys’ Latin has a very unique and amazing culture and it’s awesome to once again be a part of it. I love that everyone says hello to each other when you pass by them on campus - even those who don’t know each other very well. Also, everyone is so proud to be a Laker and that culture allows you to develop closer relationships with everyone. I can’t quite put it into words, but there’s something about the Boys’ Latin culture that is special and unique from anywhere else.
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Brian Farrell Class of 2006
CURRENT POSITION Upper School Admissions Assistant Director Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
YEARS AT BL Sixth through Twelfth Grade (1999-2006)
FAVORITE TEACHER Honestly, it is one of the hardest questions to answer because I was so fortunate to have so many great teachers/mentors during my time here at BL. The teacher who has made the most impact on me would have to be Coach Bob Shriver. He was someone who I always admired and had tremendous respect for while I was a student here and now has helped me as I transition into my new role here at BL.
FONDEST MEMORY Again, I have so many great memories from my time here at BL. Some of my favorites would be playing fiddle stick lacrosse in the senior garden during our free periods and helping with the lower school students during our activities period with the Lakers Corps.
BEST PART OF WORKING AT THE SCHOOL I ATTENDED I am very fortunate to have the job I have here at BL. I am able to coach the sport I love at a school that I love. BL has helped to shape me into the man I am today, and I am able to draw on my own personal experiences to help in my admissions role as well. Itâ€™s easy to sell something you believe in, and I am a huge believer in BL and the people that make up our community.
Twelve Angry Men
Apprentice-Style Learning at its Best by Cathi Hilpert, Communications Coordinator
It’s opening night. BL Senior Nick Meittinis is minutes away from his directing debut. For the past six weeks, he’s managed every aspect of BL’s fall theater production, Twelve Angry Men. And now, it’s show time.“There’s no turning back, no failure and no exit,” explains Gina Molling, who has coached dozens of student directors and served as Artistic Manager and Director for Twelve Angry Men. “You have to own the process, and at the end of the day, 300 people will see your work.”
LEARNING BY DOING As Upper School Theater Arts and Middle School Creative Drama Teacher, Molling has built BL’s Theater Arts program around the concept of learning by doing. This apprentice-style, hands-on approach exposes students to the many varied areas of theater arts, from working in the rehearsal process, acting on the stage and managing the backstage areas to directing a show. In addition to instilling an appreciation for theater arts in every boy, the program aims to nurture talent in those who want to explore a career in the field.
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“We’re delighted to provide BL students with the opportunity to direct a show,” says Molling. “We strongly believe it doesn’t just address theater arts but a host of other vital skills as well, such as leadership, decision making and getting your work finished on deadline. A number of college preparatory skills are at play with this.” Meittinis, who plans to pursue a BFA in screen acting upon his graduation from BL this spring, was responsible for hand-picking the actors, handling the blocking and helping to develop the characters. He even joined the cast as a lastminute replacement for Juror #3, obliging him to juggle the dual tasks of directing and acting. “The fact that Mrs. Molling handed the show over to me is really humbling,” says Meittinis. “I came into it fairly certain and confident this was something I’d know how to do after watching other directors. I found that as we created the story, I had developed my own way of directing – some pieces came from here and some came from there, whether that was from Mrs. Molling or from my own acting experience.”
TAKING OWNERSHIP For actors and directors alike, the end goal of BL’s Theater Arts program is to learn how to express what needs to be conveyed while staying engaged and disciplined in the theatre arts process. Each student has the chance to take complete ownership of his role, with guidance and coaching from Mrs. Molling. “Nick owned the whole process from beginning to end,” says Molling. “He took to it like a duck to water. He has a very clear image of who he is as an artist and where he fits into this artistic community. He owned it, fought for it and commanded everyone’s respect.” BL Theater Arts veteran Max Marshall ’15 agrees. “Nick did an incredible job. He was amazing.” As a junior, Marshall directed the spring production, Brighton Beach Memoirs. “It was a surreal experience,” he recalls. “I spent so many years acting and having the show turned over to me – from casting to directing – was not really something that happens anywhere else. Based on the people I’ve spoken to, it’s unique to BL.”
CONTINUING TO GROW Marshall returned to the BL Theater Department this fall as an intern and assistant director for Twelve Angry Men. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for Nick and offer guidance as someone who had been in the same shoes not too long ago. “My advice to Nick was to just trust yourself,” Marshall says. Fellow BL Theater Arts veteran Jonathan Sembly ’15, provided support as well. He served as the show’s director of technology, managing the lighting and sound. In his role, he helped to ensure the fluidity of the production so that the audience had a visually appealing and immersive experience. “I’m very proud of the fact that we’re working with colleges and allowing theater students to come back and continue their growth from a different point of view,” says Molling.
For Sembly, returning to BL as an intern has been a wonderful chance to grow his interest and passion for theater. He’s also been able to hone his problem-solving skills as he looks for the best way to program sound effects or create a mood for a scene using lighting. “Without a doubt, each play comes with its own challenges. And for me, I find enjoyment in a challenge,” says Sembly. This spring, the tradition continued with BL’s upper school production, Among Friends and Clutter, which was studentdirected by seniors Garrett Glaeser and Grant Iodice.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas “The middle school production of The Boy in the Striped
Pajamas can be summed up in one word - impressive! The entire cast handled the intense and often uncomfortable roles with a maturity and skill beyond their years. The audience couldn’t help but feel the gravity of the play and the seriousness of the events as they unfolded,” -Brandon
“I feel so blessed and lucky that our students look to us as a continued source of education for them.”
Mollett, Middle School Head
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•Class of 1938 •Headmaster from 1962-1978 •Distinguished Alumnus 1994
WILLIAMS SCHOLARS by Alex Barron, Upper School English Teacher
In November, 31 sophomores and juniors were inducted into the Williams Scholars Program, which recognizes BL students for outstanding academic achievements and a proven commitment to the life of the school. Each year, Williams Scholars receive funding toward a wide variety of intellectual and acdemic pursuits. Last summer, our scholars traveled the East Coast:
• Seniors Ethan Norman and Jimmy Magee attended the ECOS
Conference (Exploring Career Options in Engineering and Science), a 12 day pre-college program at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where they took classes in topics in technology, from cyber-security to mechanical engineering.
• Junior Justus Brown spent four days at University of
Massachusetts – Lowell attending a conference of the National Academy of Scientists and Technologists. Keynote speakers included Dag Kittlaus, the creator of Siri, and Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist John C. Mather.
• A true Renaissance Man, Senior Trey Burrell, participated in two vastly different experiences: an engineering program at Cornell and a literature course at St. John’s College in Annapolis.
• Following in the footsteps of his history teacher Mr. Osborn, Senior
Garrett Glaeser chose to study Early American History at the College of William & Mary. During the three-week National Institute of American History & Democracy Conference, Garrett took classes on topics ranging from the Jamestown Colony to the Civil War. The conference’s Williamsburg location allowed him a first-hand look at various sites of historical significance. BOYSLATINMD.COM
Fall & Winter Highlights
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Grandparents & Special Friends Day In November, our lower school students welcomed their grandparents and special friends to BL with open arms and lots of hugs. The celebration included many unique and memorable expressions of music, poetry and drawings.
Sarah’s Hope Throughout the year, BL faculty and students pack lunches for Sarah’s Hope, a shelter for homeless families. Each lunch provides nourishment and encouragement, including handwritten notes, drawings and smiley faces.
Signing Days ABOVE: Five BL seniors committed to playing Division I lacrosse: Jake Glatz (Penn State), Greg Ey (Penn State), Luke Shilling (Johns Hopkins University), Koby Russell (High Point University) and Atherton Townsend (Mount St. Mary’s University). BELOW: Three BL seniors committed to play NCAA Division I football: Brock Sassler (University of Maryland), Chinweoke “Victor” Dimukeje (Duke University), and Braden Atkinson (University of Delaware).
New Student Center Opens Our upper school boys could not contain their excitement when the new student center opened, discovering comfy seating, flat-screen televisions and a beautiful view of campus. It didn’t take long for everyone to settle into the new space, which is the perfect spot to study, work on a group project and pass time between classes.
Crossing the Finish Line More than 35 members of BL’s cross country team offered cheers of encouragement during the Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) 5K Run/ Walk in Hunt Valley, which gives athletes with disabilities the chance to train and compete.
Fall & Winter Highlights contâ€™d.
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Veterans Day Assembly Boys’ Latin continued its annual tradition of commemorating Veterans Day and paying tribute to the Laker alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the armed forces with an assembly for the middle and upper schools, a wreath laying ceremony and a display of military artifacts in the Alumni House.
Roboquake on Lake Roboquake on Lake, an exciting day of hands-on events, including a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament and a FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.) Expo, drew more than 300 spectators from across Maryland and beyond. BL teams claimed three of the top five spots and won three awards: first place in robot performance, first place in robot design and project first place. In addition, one BL team moved on to the Maryland FLL Championship.
Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme of this year’s assembly honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “What Now,” encouraged students to actively foster an inclusive and understanding community here at Boys’ Latin. Students and faculty who attended the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference (PoCC) and the concurrent Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) also shared reflections from these events.
Author Visits BL will welcome eight authors to campus over the course of this school year, including Judd Winick, David Shannon, Jerry Pickney, Priscilla Cummings, Ben Warner, Larry Lichtenauer, Gennifer Choldenko and Annie Hartnett. Hearing these authors talk about their works – from picture books to novels to eco-thrillers – not only sparks imaginations but also helps students to build more personal connections with reading.
Tie Ceremony After a tasty breakfast, 39 fifth graders reached a significant milestone in their Boys’ Latin education: receiving their first BL tie at the Father/Son Breakfast. This rite of passage celebrates a student’s upcoming transition from lower school to middle school and connects our boys to the alumni and students that have come before them as well as those who are to follow.
Bravo! BL & The Arts by Alex Barron, Upper School English Teacher
Every day, BL students explore music, media and art through a variety of hands-on experiences. Families have the chance to see the culmination of our students’ impressive portfolios and advancements at our annual all-school art show and holiday concert. “Having the BL community and outside community gather to celebrate these young men’s talent, drive, and dedication to their craft was a wonderful experience for our students,” says Middle and Upper School Art Teacher Sarah Molling. Middle School Dean of Students Demond Baine agrees. “Being able to showcase this work for the public is a really cool thing,” says Baine, who teaches middle and upper school ceramics. In addition to the holiday shows and the upcoming all-school spring art show and concerts, eye-popping masterpieces and beautiful melodies continue throughout the year, both on campus and beyond through:
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Music Wednesday This lunchtime music series features musicians from BL and the surrounding community. Earlier this year, the upper school was treated to a performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins by the Baltimore Symphony’s own Wyatt Underhill and Kevin Smith. Additional performances included senior Robbie Dittmar on piano, jazz selections from Mr. Pisarcik and members of the BL Jazz Ensemble and a mini-rock concert from the Electrishins, a band of upper schoolers including Evan Gaines, Will Krulak and Luke Fisher.
Improv Performances Upper School Music Teacher Matt Pisarcik dedicated January to the art of improvisation, and his instrumentalists had the chance to practice their craft in class.
On Stage at NAIS The BL Jazz Ensemble was invited to perform a 20-minute set at the Annual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center.
AIMS Art Show In January, the Walters Art Museum featured original works created by 14 artists from BL’s lower school as part of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) Art Exhibit.
Interdisciplinary Studies Middle & Upper School Music Teacher Kathy Anderson collaborated with Middle School History Teacher Ryan Hopkins to create an interdisciplinary unit called “Music of the Holocaust.” The lessons explored the treatment of musicians in concentration camps as well as how music was used to advance the Nazi cause, promote propaganda and humiliate detainees. As a part of the study, students had the chance to write their own Buchenwaldlied, or Buchenwald song.
FALL SPORTS WRAP-UP CROSS COUNTRY
The varsity cross country team had a tremendous season, finishing third in the MIAA championships. The Lakers completed the varsity season with a B Conference record of 6-1. In addition, the JV team won the championship race and also finished with a conference record of 6-1. Senior Garrett Voigt and Junior Ben Witham were named All-MIAA varsity runners. Mikey Petillo, Michael Ubriaco and many others were also critical to the team’s training and success. Congratulations to all of our coaches and runners for another amazing season.
Our BL volleyball players had an outstanding season. The Lakers earned a sixth seed in the playoffs and ended the season as a 9-7 quarterfinalist. Seniors Jimmy Magee and Jake Alokones were named outstanding for the Lakers.
Coach Louis Scharff
Coach Ritchie Schell
This year’s varsity team had a tremendous year. A regular season conference record of 5-1 led to a spot in the championship game versus St. Vincent Pallotti High School. In an away victory versus Severn School, Coach Schell secured his 100th win as our Varsity Head Football Coach. After a solid 17-7 win versus rival St. Paul’s, the Lakers advanced to a championship match up against a heavily favored Pallotti squad. Although the Lakers lost, Coach Schell and the boys had a very special year. Coach Al Locey and the JV boys played hard and disciplined football. They completed the season with a 4-2 conference record. The Lakers advanced to the JV championship game versus Archbishop Curley High School, and the Friars beat the Lakers soundly. Thank you coaches and boys for providing many great moments and memories.
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Coach Lon Engel
Our JV team completed the season with an 11-5 record, showing great improvement from the previous season. Looking ahead, many of the JV players will transition to the varsity team next fall, promising another great season.
Coach Don Rickels
The BL soccer team played hard this year. Seniors Luke Shilling, Garrett Glaeser and goalkeeper Jordan Douglas were formidable opponents for our competition. BL finished with a modest 6-10 conference record while securing a sixth seed in the playoffs. With solid returning talent and a tremendously gifted rising eighth grade soccer team, the future looks bright for the Lakers. The JV squad played extremely hard as well, securing a #2 seed with a conference record of 8-1-3. The Lakers upset #1 seeded Friends School by a score of 1-0 in the final to capture the B Conference championship. Congratulations to our JV championship team!
WINTER SPORTS WRAP-UP BASKETBALL Coach Cliff Rees
Even though varsity season concluded with a tough buzzer-beating loss to Mt. Carmel in the MIAA “A” Conference quarterfinals, the Lakers have much to be proud of this year. Posting an overall record of 19-12 while going 8-8 in one of the best high school basketball conferences in the country, the Lakers were competitive in every game they played. Co-captains senior Brandon Bradsher and junior Jaylin Andrews led the team in scoring, with Andrews averaging 14.3 points and Bradsher averaging 13.8 points. In addition, both Bradsher and Andrews surpassed the 1,000 point scoring mark for their careers, becoming only the eighth and nineth players in BL history to do so. Newcomers junior Connor Walsh and freshman Brandon Murray also had breakout years for BL. The JV had their most successful season in the A Conference, finishing with an overall 15-7 record. The JV Lakers defeated their four B Conference opponents by an impressive 37 points per game and defeated Archbishop Curley, the B Conference Champion, by 19 points.
WRESTLING Coach Justin Fitch
Having lost three star seniors from last year’s team, the Lakers had a tough season ahead of them, but truly embraced the challenge. The young squad included six freshmen – JT Morton, Zachary Dudley, CW Smith, Justin Waters, Mason Isaac and Lucas Fowler. These young men worked hard and stepped up big for the team in a number of key matches.
The Lakers were led this year by senior captain, Evan Gaines, who finished with a record of 22-15 and placed eighth at the Maryland Independent School State Tournament. Juniors Mac Alban, Jamie Rice and Joey Shortt, also had amazing seasons this year, respectively finishing the season with records of 31W-10L, 26W-13L and 22W-14L. Mac Alban and Jamie Rice placed seventh at the MIS State Tournament and earned a chance to wrestle in the National Prep wrestling tournament at Lehigh University.
ICE HOCKEY Coach Butch Maisel
The Laker icemen finished the season with an overall record of 5-8 and a conference record of 3-5. Starting the season strong with an early 7-4 victory over Gilman, the Lakers were in playoff contention all season until a loss to Gilman in the final game. Captains J.P. Barbeau and Travis Smith led the team in offense and defense. Barbeau finished the season with 18 goals and 13 assists. Goaltender Smith recorded 371 saves in the net. Barbeau and Smith were named to the All MIAA B Conference team. With the entire team returning and several new players joining the squad, next season looks promising for the Lakers.
Thinking Globally by Cathi Hilpert, Communications Coordinator
This summer, Boys’ Latin will host the 24th International Boys School Coalition (IBSC) Annual Conference, Beyond Innovation: Creativity, Discovery and Engagement. During the event, more than 600 teachers, students and administrators will explore how to better engage boys in learning, inspire creativity and gain a broader view of the world. The conference will feature keynote speakers, networking events and professional development workshops as well as a concurrent student leadership event, the 2017 ISBC Student Forum. Held for the fifth time this year, the Student Forum will mirror the theme of the Annual Conference and will unite upper school students from across the globe in meaningful discussions on social and environmental issues. Last year, BL junior Wayne Garrus was one of 40 students to attend the Student Forum following months of preparation. “For one assignment, I had to find an object that represented my whole life until now,” Garrus says. “I chose my Rubik’s cube because my life has had a lot of twists and turns.” To get ready for the conference, Wayne also participated in a service learning project with the Middle Grades Partnership (see sidebar). “Mentoring kids through MGP has been a great way for me to give back to the Baltimore community,” Garrus says. Garrus traveled to the 2016 Student Forum at St. George’s School in Vancouver with his mentor, BL chemistry teacher Jeff Hindes, who provided guidance and support throughout the entire journey. “In many ways, Wayne’s work was just beginning as he began taking steps to implement his action plan here at school, and my work as his mentor continued as well,” Hindes says.
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Through workshops and hands-on activities, the forum encouraged students to think about ways to overcome challenges by working together. “The best part of my trip was working with students from different countries,” Garrus says. “I really got in the mindset of thinking about my global community. We compared the globe to an engine and talked about how many small parts work together to help the whole system. So, if I can make an impact on my own community, it will also make an impact globally because I am doing my part as a global citizen.”
MGP Club Builds Community between Schools The Middle Grades Partnership program (MGP) has been a staple of Boys’ Latin summer life for almost 15 years. Now, in the true sense of bringing communities together, BL’s MGP collaboration with City Springs Elementary/Middle School in South Baltimore extends throughout the school year. Formed last year, the MGP Club gives BL middle school students the chance to work on joint projects. In February, club members joined students from City Springs on a field trip to the American Visionary art Museum. “Creativity abounded and friendships formed,” says Marcia Flaherty, Upper School English Teacher and Director of the Middle Grades Partnership Program at BL. “The goal is to bring our communities together. If we can foster joint friendships and a better understanding of each other, we can find solutions for a greater Baltimore.” The MGP program serves students in grades five through eight and aims to prevent summer learning loss, improve educational opportunities and increase acceptance rates to the city’s most selective high schools through a combination of enrichment and skill development activities. For more information about MGP, contact Marcia Flaherty at email@example.com. David Bosley ‘65
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The History of a Rivalry Boys’ Latin vs. St. Paul’s When it comes to high school lacrosse rivalries, nothing even comes close to the Boys’ Latin Lakers vs. St. Paul’s Crusaders annual match-up. This May, the Lakers and Crusaders will play for the 100th time at St. Paul’s. by Mac Kennedy ‘76, Director of Alumni Relations
The two schools have been playing against each other since 1933 and the records are almost equal: BL has 51 total victories; St. Paul’s has 47 wins. There has been one tie. Combined, the schools have won 35 league championships - 25 for St. Paul’s and 10 for BL. Four times the schools have met for the title and three times the Crusaders have won the season finale – twice by just a single goal.
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On the field, the competition is fierce, but off the field, it’s more like a “family feud.” There is a bond between the two schools that is unique for such strong competitors. In fact, there have even been times when brothers from the same family have lined-up against one another in the big game. BL’s Tom Peace, Class of 1965, played on the 1964 championship team for the Lakers and in 1966, Boys’ Latin faced St. Paul’s in a critical end of season game with Tom’s brother Jim in the goal for the Crusaders. In 1969, Dave Dempsey scored nine goals in a game against Boys’ Latin, which to this day is still a record feat against a BL team. Five years later his younger brother Brent was a starting attackman for Boys’ Latin against the Crusaders, in a game won by BL, 9-5. In the 1977 game, won by Boys’ Latin in overtime, Craig Cook scored two goals for the winners while his brother Jeff scored three times for the Crusaders. Harry Pollock was a star defenseman for the Crusaders in the late 1960s and his son, David, was an outstanding middie for the Lakers in the early 1990s. In the 1992 championship game, David wore maroon and white while his Crusader brother Jamie wore blue and gold. Twins Chris Conkling (BL) and Charley Conkling (SP) played against each other in the 2000 season. Charlie McComas, BL Class of 2008, was an outstanding defensive player for the Lakers and his father Michael was the same in the mid 1970s – for the Crusaders. Former UMBC head lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman was a star for St. Paul’s in the early 1970s. A few years ago his son Jake was one of the Boys’ Latin team captains. Current St. Paul’s head coach Rick
Brocato spent time as an assistant coach at BL and BL’s current offensive coach Gene Ubriaco spent a few years on the Blue and Gold sidelines. The connections go on and on and on. Twelve St. Paul’s graduates have won the Kelly Award (given to the best player in the state of Maryland) while a baker’s dozen (13) Lakers have won the coveted Kelly trophy. St. Paul’s completely dominated the series from 1933 – 1960. BL’s record against St. Paul’s since relocating to Lake Avenue in 1960 is 49-25, but when the two teams line up against each other, throw the records out because anyone can win. In 2015 St. Paul’s defeated BL, 12-10, and gained possession of the newly established Darrell-Ehrhardt Cup signifying the annual winner of the game, and named in honor of two longtime revered employees of each school and close friends: SP’s Skip Darrell and BL’s Dyson Ehrhardt. Recent games have needed extra time to determine the winners; three straight regular season contests were all settled by overtime goals and all resulted in BL victories: 10-9 double overtime in 2011, 11-10 in triple overtime in 2010, and 16-15 in sudden-death overtime in 2009.
All three games rank as three of the most exciting games in recent memory. If you want to see the best high school rivalry in high school lacrosse, come to a BL-SP game. No matter which team you cheer for, it’s a game you will enjoy.
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When Gene Servary transferred to Boys’ Latin School his junior year, he had no idea of the impact the decision would have on his life. After all, he and his parents were simply looking for a smaller, more interactive learning environment and one that would fuel his love of mathematics, science and design. He discovered all of that and more on Brevard Street, and also found himself well prepared for the journey of lifelong learning that he was about to set off on upon his graduation from Boys’ Latin in 1943. “Over the years, I had many conversations with Gene about his life and career, and most of those exchanges ended with positive remembrances from his time at Boys’ Latin,” says former BL Board President Duncan Smith ‘73. “We miss Gene a lot but are pleased to know that his legacy lives on at Boys’ Latin.”
Giving Back Estate Gift from Gene A. Servary ‘43 Establishes New Endowment to Support Math and Science by Mac Kennedy ‘76, Director of Alumni Relations
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Mr. Servary passed away on August 9, 2015, leaving a sizable gift to Boys’ Latin that will be used to fund an endowment in his memory to support the school’s math and science departments. The Gene A. Servary Endowment for Math & Science will honor its namesake’s successful engineering career by giving math and science faculty the ability to purchase new materials and technology and pursue a wide range of professional enrichment opportunities to enhance classroom learning. The endowment will also support co-curricular activities, including BL’s robotics programs. “Gene was a big believer in education and its ability to transform a person’s life,” says Dyson Ehrhardt, Associate Headmaster for Development at Boys’ Latin. “His gift will allow our dedicated faculty to utilize the latest technologies and engage in a wide range of experiences specific to their fields, ultimately enabling them to be better teachers and mentors to our boys.”
During his high school years, Mr. Servary attended night school at the then Maryland Institute, earning him his first higher education degree – an associate degree in architectural design. He finished first in his class and graduated the same day he received his diploma from Boys’ Latin. With war raging around the world in 1943, Mr. Servary enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately after earning that degree. Following boot-camp training, he served in the South Pacific. He was discharged after World War II and returned home to earn a civil engineering degree at the University of Maryland. Mr. Servary never lost his drive to further his education, obtaining his law degree in 1954 from Easter College shortly after completing his undergraduate degree at Maryland. He later continued his Army and engineering training by attending the Engineer Officers Advanced Construction School in 1962, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1968. He remained an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers throughout his civilian career, retiring in the early 1980s with the rank of Major.
One of the highlights of Mr. Servary’s career was his role asa structural engineer on the staff of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. He was in charge of evaluating existing structures throughoutCapitol Hill as well as reviewing all new designs for the complex. In 1979, Mr. Servary became the Superintendent of the U.S. House of Representatives office buildings and underground garages, responsible for a work force of over 1,000 employees. Gene retired in 1990, giving him more time to pursue his hobbies – reading, flying, listening to music and sharpening his carpentry skills. He also collected antique guns. Mr. Servary, like the more than 100 individuals that have included Boys’ Latin in their estate plans, continues to make a meaningful impact on the life of the school. The Esse Quam Videri Society honors these alumni, parents, faculty and friends. For more information about the Esse Quam Videri Society, please contact Pat Gugerty, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement, at 410-377-5192, ext. 1105.
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Seniors Brooks Michel, Mikey Petillo and Garrett Dreiband get everyone in the holiday spirit while drumming up sales for the annual holiday greens fundraiser. Shopping options abounded at this year’s Bull Roast, including 36 Letters which gave shoppers a wide variety of custom photo art products to choose from for holiday giving. Jim Thomas, dad to Jim ‘81, Tom ‘83, Michael ‘87 and grandparent to Logan ‘19, Luke ’22 and Benjamin ‘23, checks out this year’s auction items, which included more than 100 unique and exciting keepsakes, experiences, vacations and more. New this year, the BL Parents’ Association unveiled Bull Roast t-shirts to commemorate the event and help raise funds to support PA activities.
Alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends joined together on November 19 for the 57th Annual Bull & Oyster Roast. Jointly hosted by the Boys’ Latin Alumni Association and the Boys’ Latin Parents’ Association, the evening was filled with food, fun and entertainment! Guests enjoyed all-you-can-eat oysters and pit beef while bidding on unique, one of a kind auction items. This year’s event was a huge success, raising a record-setting amount of funds for Boys’ Latin. Thanks to our amazing volunteers, generous donors and hard-working staff for organizing the event as well as to all of those who attended this year’s Bull Roast, purchased raffle tickets or participated in the auction. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Remember, the Saturday before Thanksgiving is always BL Bull & Oyster Roast time!
BL supporter and former lower school teacher and parent Jean Campbell keeps this year’s raffle running smoothly with a little help and encouragement from Carson Gaines ’12 and George Rice ’12. It’s unanimous - everything is better with bacon! From left to right: Matt Bailowitz ‘21, Cameron Longway ’21, Riar Schell ‘21, Didier Osias ‘21 and John Bryan ’21. Craig and Kim Bedford, parents of Job ’11, Josiah ’17 and Johngideon ’21, take a break from the action and catch a few minutes of relaxation. Stuart Egerton ’86 gets a workout spinning the bacon wheel, an annual – and much loved – Laker tradition.
Alumni Soccer Game The varsity soccer team took on the alumni soccer team in a competitive match. The “senior” Lakers coached by Butch Maisel H’09 got goals from Aaron Leeds ’13 and Anthony Rose ’12 to win the game 2-0. The alumni now lead the series 8-3. After the game, Matt Thanner ’97 was named the recipient of the Butch Maisel Award (MVP of the game). Matt has played in all 11 alumni soccer games.
Alumni Basketball Game The maroon Lakers (odd years) defeated the white Lakers (even years), 58-54. Pat Spencer ’15 was the leading scorer in the game with many of his points coming on dunk shots. Tim Mering ’72 was the “most veteran” player on the white team and Lowell Sherrod ’73 was the “most veteran” player on the maroon squad. Tim and Lowell played on BL’s 23-2 championship basketball team together back in 1972.
Alumni Hockey Game Over 20 Lakers participated in the alumni hockey game won by the “young” white team, 9-8, over a more “veteran” maroon team. Brian Lichtenauer ’13 was given the Gene Ubriaco ’89 MVP Award. Brian scored a goal and assisted on five other tallies for the winning white team.
Athletic Hall of Fame
CLASS OF 2016 In November, the Class of 2016 was inducted into the Boys’ Latin Athletic Hall of Fame. Over 150 BL family members gathered in the Julian S. Smith Alumni House for dinner to welcome the new inductees and celebrate this exciting accomplishment. First row, the 1961 basketball team; Gene Fusting ’62, John Ashworth ’62, Carroll Klingelhofer ’61, Bill Miller ’61, and Geoff Parker ’62. Second row, Steve Nichols ’87, Michael Thomas ’87, Glenn Smith ’86, John Szczypinski ’85, Tony Waskiewicz ’85, Phil Shields ’65, Brad Glaser ’78, Mike Thomas ’66, Bob Shriver ’69, Seamus Gilson ’78, and Drew Haugh ’77.
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The Boys’ Latin Development Office congratulates all of the new inductees and thanks them for their athletic service to the school.
STORIES BL alums go on to succeed in virtually every field and every industry. Meet a college philosophy professor, doughnut shop owner and competitive figure skater. Each one has a remarkable story. Each one started on Lake Avenue.
Lacrosse, Logic & the BL Spirit BL Alums connect at Gettysburg College
by Mac Kennedy ‘76 , Director of Alumni Relations
Aside from a shared love of philosophy, Steve Gimbel ’86 and Chris Rubino ’13 have a lot in common. Gimbel, a philosophy professor at Gettysburg College, and Rubino, a senior philosophy major with a double minor in business and economics, have bonded not only over their similar academic interests but also over their history as Lakers. Both played lacrosse during their tenure on Lake Avenue. Gimbel played goalie while Rubino, a threesport athlete at BL, was a midfielder known for making big plays on the defensive end during his four-year varsity career.
A few years ago, Coach Shriver mentioned that Gimbel should look out for one of his recent players that was coming to study and play at Gettysburg. Shriver shared the same with Rubino, who not only found Gimbel but later went on to work with him on an independent study course focused on business ethics.
“Some mornings, Chris will wear his old BL lacrosse t-shirt, the gray one with the maroon lettering,” says Gimbel. “I can’t help but smile wistfully on those mornings: partly thinking back to my own days playing in the goal as a Laker, and partly thinking of how my own, buried in my t-shirt drawer at home, no longer fits. But there is a connection between us, a couple of former Laker lacrosse players, here together for a completely different purpose.”
“It all goes to show that no matter how far one ends up from Lake Avenue, the BL community is, indeed a community. Lives take curiously circuitous paths weaving in seemingly random directions towards individual life goals. Both those ways will intersect with the paths of other Lakers and in doing so help both move forward with the spirit of authenticity we learned at Boys’ Latin,” adds Gimbel.
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In addition to serving as Rubino’s academic advisor, Gimbel recently taught him in two courses – an 8 am Logic class and a 10 am History of Early Modern European Philosophy class.
Not Your Average Doughnut BL Alum & Entrepreneur Reinvents Baltimore’s Doughnut Scene by Cathi Hilpert, Communications Coordinator
Whether visiting Miami, New York or Chicago, Josh Kowitz was always on the hunt for the same thing: the best local doughnut. “There are so many crazy doughnut shops out there,” says Kowitz, who graduated from BL in 2000. “Even though Baltimore was big enough and quirky enough, we didn’t have anything like that here.”
Laker on Ice BL Alum Scott Dyer placed 14th at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championship. We caught up with the 2010 graduate and class valedictorian to reflect on his skating career, his time at BL and his enduring love of Maryland blue crabs. by Cathi Hilpert, Communications Coordinator
After testing the market and selling his gourmet doughnuts at the Hampden Farmers’ Market for two successful seasons, Kowitz opened the first brick-andmortar location of Center Cut Doughnuts on Chestnut Avenue in Hampden earlier this year. A wealth of offerings abound, ranging from sweet options like basic glazed and vanilla coconut to savory ones like sour cream & chive with ranch powder. “For me, it’s about getting inventive, having fun and not taking anything too seriously,” says Kowitz. “If you ask my former teachers at BL, they would say that’s dead on to how I was in high school.” When it comes to cooking new and innovative flavors, Kowitz often finds inspiration in major holidays and events. For the Super Bowl, he debuted three new offerings: the Baltimore cream, a football-shaped doughnut filled with vanilla custard and topped with chocolate ganache; an avocado cream topped with crushed tortilla chips; and doughnut “chips” and brown butter icing “dip.” For Valentine’s Day, he introduced “Cupid’s Arrow” a powdered sugar doughnut stuffed with strawberry jalapeno jelly and another dubbed “Scorned Love” a treat that was filled with vanilla custard and coated in a cinnamon whiskey glaze. While the menu changes regularly, one mainstay is the shop’s trademark Brown Butter flavor, which Kowitz describes as “an accident that turned out really well.” Other top sellers include chocolate with bacon and the “challahnut.” The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 am to 2 pm, and Kowitz would love to welcome his fellow Lakers!
What’s your proudest skating moment? My proudest skating moment is my short program at this year’s National Championships. It was one of those moments that you never forget. On top of how I skated, the love and support I received from the crowd in Kansas City was the best part.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your time at BL? There were many people throughout my years at Boys’ Latin that impacted me in positive ways. I absolutely have to mention Otis Read. He helped create a schedule for me at Boys’ Latin where I was able to complete all of my classes as well train at a high level. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his support and commitment to bettering the lives of BL students. Other people that I will always be grateful for are Adam Osborn and Amy Digges, who were always there when I needed assistance balancing skating and school.
What’s your favorite BL memory? I think one of my favorite BL memories, really, was graduation. After 14 years at BL, being able to speak in front of my graduating class and their friends and family, being able to celebrate and honor all that went on during those years, was a beautiful experience and a perfect way to end my time in the BL community.
What do you miss most about Baltimore? That’s really easy. Steamed Maryland blue crabs with Old Bay seasoning smothered all over them! However, I make sure to get them in the summer when I return to visit my family, which I love.
What’s next for you? I am already in the process of preparing for next season. I will travel to Toronto to have two new programs choreographed for next year, which I really look forward to, and will begin to compete again in the early summer. Besides skating, I continue to dive into another passion of mine, which is SoulCycle. I hope to join their team as an instructor once my time on the ice comes to an end.
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In anticipation of Homecoming Weekend on May 5 & 6, we asked a few Lakers celebrating reunions this year to reflect on what stands out to them most about their time at BL. When I look back on the years I spent at BL, I often think it was too short. I wish I would have gone to BL for longer. The school became ingrained in my being. It is a part of me. Whether it was classes or coaches or just the entire experience of brotherhood, BL is a part of who I am. Brian “Rudy” Rudick ’87
Boys’ Latin is unique in being so small, yet offering so much to suit a wide variety of needs and interests. I owe so much of my academic and professional success to the individual attention I received during my formative years at BL. I grew from an average student in regular classes into a standout student in honors and AP classes thanks to teachers like Diane Rodriguez, who saw potential in me and gave me the push I needed. Ian Loizeaux, ‘02
Two of the most influential teachers I had were at BL: John Bowling in Latin and Rye Chapman in History. For both of them, teaching was something that occurred outside of the scheduled classroom, in hallways and on fields, not just during their classes. They understood that they were helping to train boys to become successful adults. The lessons they taught us about understanding and meeting expectations, dealing with adversity without giving up, and always striving to do our personal best served me well in college, in graduate school, and as a college professor. Rick Heldrich ’72
JOHN BOWLING WAS A HUGE INFLUENCE ON ME. THAT CLASSICAL EDUCATION HAS HELPED ME IN SO MANY WAYS. I STILL REMEMBER [ENGLISH TEACHER TIM FOLEY] TELLING ME TO READ THOMAS DEQUINCEY’S “CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER” BECAUSE HE THOUGHT I SHOULD. THE FIRST PAGE HAD EIGHT WORDS I HAD TO LOOK UP IN THE DICTIONARY! WHERE ELSE BUT BL WOULD A TEACHER TAKE THE TIME WITH A YOUNG MAN LIKE THAT? JOHN ROSE ‘72
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Although I only spent three years at Boys’ Latin, it had a tremendous influence on me and changed my whole outlook on life forever. Without a doubt my most memorable experience at BL was how the students reacted to the fire that occurred in Williams Hall. We were all very upset and we were glad to pitch in and help with the cleanup and repairs to our beloved school. I think the way we reacted speaks volumes about what BL has meant to so many students over the years. Bill Niermann ’72
CLASS NOTES Beyond Lake Avenue
Remembering John Bowling July 3, 1940 - February 1, 2017 On Sunday, March 5, Boys’ Latin gathered as a community to say goodbye to John Bowling, the muchloved upper school Latin teacher who had a profound impact on so many lives here on Lake Avenue.
JOHN BOWLING “The greatest gift that Mr. Bowling gave his students SCHOLARSHIP/MEMORIAL - and that John gave our School - is the interest he showed in each person. John was, quite simply, a HERE fixture in the life of our school,” said Headmaster
Christopher Post. “He admired the theatrical performances of our boys and he eagerly welcomed seniors home from the retreat. He wondered at students’ artwork and marveled at their musical talents. He congratulated boys in victory and consoled them in moments of defeat.”
In November, the New York City Alumni Chapter hosted a gathering in Manhattan. Over 50 Lakers and friends gathered to paint the town “maroon and white.”
by Mac Kennedy ’76, Director of Alumni Relations
BELOW: Tom Peace ’65 celebrated his 70th birthday last fall with many of his close friends from Boys’ Latin. Pictured with Tom (wearing his #70 BL football jersey from 1964) are (left to right) Bruce Regan ’66 and Butch Hilliard ’64.
Bill May ’60 is retired and living in southern California. He currently serves on the Boys’ Latin School Board of Trustees.
BELOW: Bill Miller ’62 is moving to Richmond, VA. Bill’s daughter and son, Scott ’92, live in the Richmond area. Some of his friends recently gathered with Bill to wish him well: (left to right) Dyson Ehrhardt ’59, Bill, Bruce Fingles ’64, Lou Kousouris ’64 and Jeff Sekulow ’63. Bob Carter ’64 lives in Anna Maria, FL. He is the Chairman of Carter, a philanthropic and fundraising consulting firm. Bill Shriver ’64 is the Head of the Hospitality Division at FFO Realty, a real estate advisory/brokerage firm. Bill’s role focuses on leasing space within the existing portfolio as well as site selection for hospitality clients.
Scott Matthai ’71 is retired and living in Havre de Grace, MD. Scott has a great collection of sports memorabilia. The collection came together during Scott’s 16 years with MBNA managing relationships with major league sports leagues and teams. The collection includes many signed baseballs from MLB legends, bats, programs, jerseys and enough bobbleheads to make the most serious collector envious.
In honor of Mr. Bowling and his 51 years of service to Boys’ Latin, more than $250,000 has been raised to establish the John G. Bowling Scholarship Fund. Friends and former students of Mr. Bowling are invited to match these gifts and honor him in this most special and meaningful way. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Pat Gugerty, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement, at 410-377-5192, ext. 1105.
Rod Theobald ’73 is an English teacher and college counselor at The Gunnery, a prep school in Connecticut. Bennett Wethered ’75 and his wife Heidi are now grandparents. Their daughter, Hannah Jinks, gave birth to a baby boy, Nathaniel Scott Jinks.
BELOW: Michael Colt’s ‘84 daughter Charlotte is the Clemson Drumline center snare in the Tiger Band that performed at the College Football Championship game in January.
Eric Papenfuse ’89 is the current mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Derek Robinson ’89 is a Pretrial Services Officer in the High Intensity Supervision Unit for the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency.
Matt Schofield ’77 is a pediatrician in Cambridge, MA. Matt is a graduate of Vassar College and the Medical School at SUNY, Syracuse. David Ross ’82 is a substitute teacher for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System in North Carolina. He was hired by the South Mecklenburg High School in April 2015, after serving as a volunteer math teacher at his local elementary school, logging more than 800 teaching hours to teach Math-2 (formerly Algebra-2/ Trigonometry.)
Stewart ’20 and Thomas ’23, are students here at BL.
Ron Samuelson ’90 is the owner of Samuelson’s Diamonds in downtown Baltimore, a third-generation familyowned jewelry store that has been in business since 1922.
Bo Cashman ’85 is a senior vice president at CBRE, in Baltimore. CBRE Group, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm.
Kevin Lutz ’91 announced that is he engaged to Christina Reilly. The wedding is set for September 16, 2017. Kevin is working as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Harbor East in Baltimore.
BELOW: Matt Proutt ’93 (left) and Jason Quenzer ’95 (right) were on campus with their sons Mason ’24 and Cole ’24 at December’s Fifth Grade Father/Son Breakfast.
Victor Coppola ‘87 is a Data Operations Engineer at On Deck Capital in Manhattan. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Rachael, and two-year-old son, Eli. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Victor composed underscores and mixed audio for radio, TV and film. He later transitioned to a career in tech, receiving his software development certification from Columbia University in 2001. He is currently working on his Masters of Computer Science at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering.
ABOVE: Rick Wartzman ’83 visited BL in January. He is currently the Senior Advisor at the Drucker Institute, a social enterprise at Claremont Graduate University, whose mission is strengthening organizations to strengthen society. He is the author or editor of five books and worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times for more than 20 years. He is also author of the forthcoming book,The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, due this spring.
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Bill Patteson ’87 is an Account Executive at MidPoint Technology Group, a professional services company providing integration of system solutions to include IT/data center solutions, copper and fiber cabling infrastructure, audio/visual and physical security solutions.
RIGHT: Keith Gertsen ’88 and Mark Moxley ’88 recently completed a successful hunting trip to Montana. Keith works in New York City and lives with his family in Connecticut. Mark lives and works in Howard County. His two sons,
Scott Shaughnessy ’93 is the Vice President of Finance for Baltimore-based Algeco Scotsman, the leading global business services provider focused on modular space, secure portable storage solutions and remote workforce accommodation management.
BELOW: Elliot Steelman ’95 (center) was in Baltimore in December attending the Army-Navy football game. Brad Gilroy ’99 (left), Brad Bernstein ’95 (not pictured), Marc Hassan ’95 (right) and Elliot managed to get together and tailgate before the game with Elliot’s father (not pictured), a Naval Academy graduate from the Class of 1970.
Peter Ziolkowski ’99 and his wife, Kristina, are enjoying life in Minnesota with their daughter, Madelyn. Peter continues to work for Allianz, helping a young company in the Allianz group “get a bit more mature.” His official role is head of Transformation and Communications. He passes the time coaching his daughter’s soccer and basketball teams. Adam Lowy ’00 became Board Certified in Foot, Reconstructive Rear Foot and Ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery last May. He has moved back to Maryland from New Jersey to raise his children closer to his Baltimore family and roots. He recently joined Family Foot & Ankle Associates, a podiatry practice serving the Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton regions near Washington, D.C. Last July, he and his wife welcomed their second child, Matthew Grayson Lowy.
Todd Bowens ’97 was on campus in January to talk to the Diversity Club about his career and his years as a Laker. Todd emphasized to the students his tenets on tackling life’s challenges: passion, patience, preparation and pivot. Todd is eager to attend his 20th reunion this spring. Ryan Fisher ’99 lives in New York City and runs a lighting distribution company called Luxury Lighting Direct. Seth Whalen ’99 and his wife, Kristen, were featured on a recent episode of HGTV’s Island Life (Season 6, Episode 14) entitled Manhattan to East Hampton. The episode features Seth and Kristen as busy “New York City parents, who want to raise their son around nature, and they’re drawn to the renowned beaches and serene country vibes of East Hampton, NY. The proximity to Manhattan is ideal for Seth’s job, while the island’s beauty inspires Kristen’s artwork. With the help of a local realtor, they look for the perfect blend of country and beach to fulfill their home dreams.”
Blaise Ahearn ’01 is a Client Service Associate for UBS Financial Services Inc. in Annapolis, MD. Matt Melnick ’01 and his wife, Katie, are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Jack Garrett Melnick, who made his arrival into this world on September 13, 2016.
Headmaster Chris Post had a chance to catch up with Ian Loizeaux ’02 in London. (Chris was in London attending an International Boys’ Schools Coalition meeting). Among his many fond memories of Boys’ Latin, Ian credits science teacher Diane Rodriguez with inspiring in him a passion for learning and problem solving. This passion for learning propelled him to study engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and, more recently, to earn his master’s degree from the London Business School. Ian works in the financial sector in London. Dan Mroz ’02 is living and working as a commercial banker in Boston. He recently visited with JJ La Seta ’01 in Charleston. JJ is an investment advisor and just received his MBA from The Citadel. Brian Read ’02 was inducted into the Dickinson College Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016 during the school’s homecoming weekend. Brian played lacrosse at Dickinson. Erin and Matt Tielsch ’02 are the proud parents of Claire Dorothy Tielsch, born on October 16, 2017.
Blake O’Shaughnessy ’01 is a Principal at Scout Resources, LLC, an oil and energy company in Denver, Colorado.
BELOW: Jonathan Ginsberg ’02 married Sandy Wendy Okun (center) on September 4, 2016. Grier and Kyle Rubeling ’02 (left) and Angela and Jason Dobryzkowski ’02 (right) were in attendance.
ABOVE: Caroline McLaughlin and Ty Andrews ’05 were recently married. Pictured with Ty are (left to right) Rocco Romero ’05, Jeff DePinho ’05, Andy Andrews ’74, Ty, Taylor Paff ’05, Dan Ehrlich ’05, and Scott Matthews ’05. Ty is currently working at Brown Advisory.
Dan Lucas ’03 is engaged to be married in August 2017. However, his brother, Patrick Lucas ’06, will marry even sooner – March 2017. Korey Rubeling ’03 and Scott Matthews ’05, along with other alumni, get together to play pick-up basketball in the Gelston Athletic Center on Wednesday evenings. Jack Tompkins ’03 is living with his wife, Holly, and daughter, Caroline, in Harford County. Jack reports that after receiving his bachelor’s degree in physics, he decided to take up a family trade - “plumbing” - and went back to school to earn his license in both plumbing and HVAC. He now works as a technician for one of the largest water treatment companies in the country – Sharp Water Culligan.
Patrick O’Malley ‘06, David Bronfein ‘06, Ryan Frank ‘06, Porter Whitman ‘06, David Shriver ‘06, Brian Farrell ‘06, Chris Boland ‘06, Jeremy Bragg ‘06, Jason Perlow ‘06 and Andrew Taubman ‘06. Patrick O’Malley ’06 is a Division Director at BAYADA Home Health Care. BAYADA Home Health Care provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice and assistive care services to children, adults and seniors in the comfort of their homes. Jason Perlow ’06, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Realty in Baltimore, was featured in a recent issue of Baltimore Style magazine. Emmert Schamburg ’07 is working for Environmental Products Inc. in Timonium, MD.
Philip Cronin ’04 is an attorney with the firm of Harris Jones & Malone, LLC.
Jamie Stratakis ’08 is working for Secure Global Pay in Gainesville, FL.
Rocco Romero ’05 was named as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Virginia men’s lacrosse team. Rocco will work primarily with the midfielders. A graduate of Cornell University, he currently works with 3d Lacrosse as its business development manager, camps division. He joined the 3d Lacrosse team in the fall of 2012. Prior to 3d Lacrosse, Rocco spent two years working with a New York City-based recruiting company, Aerotek.
Adam Scharff ’08 graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School and is now working for the Towson law firm of Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid in the transactional group.
Patrick Schuyler ’05 is a Senior Audit and Advisory Services Auditor at Genesco, Inc. in Nashville, TN.
RIGHT: Several alumni participated in the Annual BL Turkey Bowl game on Thanksgiving Day. Left to right kneeling: Nick Levy ‘06, Mike Hurwitz ‘06, David Bronfein ‘06, Jeremy Bragg ‘06, Brian Farrell ‘06. Left to right standing: Jason Perlow ‘06, Andrew Taubman ‘06, Porter Whitman ‘06, Pat O’Malley ‘06, Chris Boland ‘06, Josh Perlow ‘07 and David Shriver ‘06. Nick Levy ‘06 was married last fall in Chestertown, MD. BL alumni who attended included Dietz Onnen ‘06, 48
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Page Whitman ’08 is an Account Manager at Blue Shore Strategies in Towson. Blue Shore helps companies connect with the public without the overhead expenses of in-house promotions teams.
Tori and Gates Blair ’09 are the proud parents of Banner Grace Blair. Tyrelle Johnson ’09 has started a nonprofit called Konquered Fear Xchange, or KFX, for short. “Once you conquer your fear,” Johnson said recently, “and you are passionate, you can bring positive change.” This past summer, Tyrelle and his business partner and childhood friend Lakia Hudson offered their first KFX session, from July 6 to August 6, to students aged 10 to 15. Johnson visited Belair-Edison schools in the spring to recruit students whose families couldn’t afford summertime enrichment programs. He recruited 16 campers and allowed one six-year-old boy to attend when he showed up at the camp hungry. KFX provided all its campers with free lunches.
RIGHT: Taylor Stieff ’09 married Jackie Celeste on November 5, 2016, at the Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria. Taylor and Jackie met while students at the University of Maryland. The picture includes from left to right: Patrick Dudley ’09, Matt McComas ’09, Charlie Stieff ’74, Spencer Stieff ’13, Taylor, Clinton Stieff ’05, and Michael Vardoulakis ’09. Also at the wedding were Jim Stieff ’71 and Michael Middleton ’09. Taylor worked for IBM out of college before being recruited by One Globe IT, where he currently works.
Matt Rees ’12, Casey Rees ’13 and Spencer Rees ’16 visited campus over the holidays to watch a varsity basketball game. Matt and Casey are U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and Spencer is currently enrolled in the Navy Prep School in Newport, RI. Matt, a senior, is a preseason second team All-American selection by Inside Lacrosse. Casey is a third team selection. Unfortunately, a knee injury will prevent Casey from playing this year with his brother at Navy. Nick Shepard ’12 is working at his alma mater, Dickinson College, as an Admissions Counselor serving the regions of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. John Scheve ’09 is working and living in Boston. He reports that his brother, Peter Scheve ’06, is engaged to be married this August. Peter is also living and working in Boston. Jeffrey Trimmer ’09 works with the Edison Engineering Development Program at GE Aviation, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brennan Kimball ’10 is currently working at Thornhill Properties, where Hal Hathaway ’66 works. Brennan is working on becoming a property manager and will be working on the Mill One in Clipper Mill account. Matthew Hamburger ’10 is working as an analyst for a real estate firm in Washington, D.C., after spending a year in Los Angeles working in real estate. Steven Schrum ’10 has joined the Syracuse University football staff as a recruiting quality control assistant. Steven comes to Syracuse from Akron, where he served as an assistant recruiting coordinator for the last three months after spending the previous year at Northwestern University. Jeff Chase ’11 was recently named the Director of Women’s Lacrosse Operations at Johns Hopkins University.
Zachary Davis ’11 is a graduate assistant goalkeeper coach at UNC-Asheville for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. Charles Rice ’11 moved to Houston, Texas, last April and is currently working as an analyst for Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm, in its International Arbitration Practice. As an international arbitration analyst, Charles provides clients with valuation analyses and quantum legal strategy in high-value international investment dispute cases. Nelson Rice ’11 continues his career as a freelance journalist and writer who contributes to Outside and Runners World among other publications. Chris Rizakos ’11 is currently a law student at the University of Baltimore Law School. He just started working as a law clerk for the HWK Law Group in Lutherville, MD.
Eric Simmons ’12 is in his last semester at Clarkson University and will be graduating in May with a degree in global supply chain management and minors in human resources and project management. Stephen Black ’13 is in his last year at Dickinson College. He was a member of the football team and is majoring in biology with plans to pursue a career in dentistry. Josh Hamburger ’13 is in his last semester at Vanderbilt, where he is Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper. He will graduate in May.
BELOW: Alex Hughes’13 and Charley Hughes ’15 are both attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and marched in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. in January.
Max White ’11 is working as a Research Pool Coordinator at the University of Baltimore. He is also pursuing a degree in industrial and organizational psychology at UB. Greg Pyke ’12 graduated from the University of Georgia in December and hopes to continue his career in the NFL next fall. BOYSLATINMD.COM
Jacob Katinsky ’13 will graduate from the University of Maryland next December with a degree in marketing and psychology. He is contemplating going to graduate school in social work upon his graduation. Jamal Perkins ’13, a senior at Kenyon College, was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference Football team as a defensive lineman. Nick Gesualdi ’14, a junior safety on the Cornell University football team, was named to the Associated Press All-American third team. Nick was also one of nine unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selections and among just two on the defensive side of the football. He tied for the league lead and ranked third nationally with six interceptions, including four in conference play. Nick led the Ivy League in passes defended and was second in the league and 12th nationally in solo tackles. He ended the year with 81 tackles, a forced fumble and five pass
breakups along with his six interceptions, while starting all 10 games. He was recently ranked the 36th best safety in the country in regards to the 2018 NFL Draft.
Pat Spencer ’15 is a pre-season first team All-American lacrosse selection. Pat, a current sophomore, plays for Loyola University of Maryland, coached by Charley Toomey ’86.
Shack Stanwick ’14 is a pre-season second team All-American selection and a junior at Johns Hopkins University.
Tommy Esposito ’16 is playing baseball this spring at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. “The Mount” is a Division I program. Tommy made the team as a walkon.
Parker Yablon ’14 is a junior at the University of Maryland, where he’s studying government and politics with a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation. Over the past year, he introduced EnvoyNow, a student-to-student food delivery service, to the University. Acting as a business developer and operations manager, Parker oversaw more than 30 student drivers who delivered food to thousands of students at the University. Currently, he has stepped away from the company to study abroad in Barcelona.
Dom Maggio ’16 was recently named Honorable Mention All-ACC as a punter. Dom averaged over 42 yards per punt this past season for the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons.
To submit Class Notes for our future publications, please email Mac Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dylan Gaines ’15 is a sophomore on the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team.
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Frank S. Jones, Jr. ’77 President Charles F. Black, Sr. ’73 First Vice President Richard H. Bagby ’82 Treasurer Nicholas King Assistant Treasurer Geoffrey H. Brent ’77 Secretary Georgette D. Kiser Assistant Secretary
UPCOMING CAMPUS EVENTS Friday, April 28 BL Community Golf Outing
Thursday, May 25 Middle School Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 3 K-5 Lacrosse Clinic
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day, School Closed
Thursday, May 4 Named Scholarship Luncheon
Thursday, June 1 Lacrosse & Baseball Clinic
May 5-6 Homecoming Weekend
Saturday, June 3 Commencement
Saturday, May 13 Prom
Thursday, June 8 Lower School Closing Exercises
Wednesday, May 17 Lower School Art Show and Spring Concert
Friday, June 9 Middle School Closing Exercises
Theodore W. Bauer James R. Brooks ’73 James A. Callahan, Jr. ’71 Herbert D. Frerichs, Jr. Kathy H. Gray G. Todd Guntner ’72 Henry A. Lederer ’80 Andrew Makris Jeffrey C. Mason ’81 Warner P. Mason H ’12 William H. May ’60 Ryan D. Mollett ’97 David Oestreicher Brian H. O’Neil ’75 Robert B. Rice Stephen W. Shaw J. Duncan Smith ’73 Peter B. Snyder David A. Ward Stacy J. Walsh Eileen Wilcox Stephen E. Wright ’69 William E. Wilson Jr. ’81 Alumni Association President Caroline Evans Parents’ Association President TRUSTEES EMERITI Raleigh Brent II ’44 Robert E. Carter ’64 Philip C. Federico ’75 Henry H. Hopkins ’03 H Craig Lewis Frederick W. Meier, Jr. J. Duncan Smith ’73 H. Mebane Turner ’08 H
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